TV magician Paul Daniels dies - his Doncaster connections

Television magician and reputed Doncaster Rovers fan Paul Daniels has died at the age of 77.

Thursday, 17th March 2016, 8:16 am
Updated Thursday, 17th March 2016, 10:31 am
Television magician Paul Daniels was reputedly a Doncaster Rovers fan.

News of the star's death was reported this morning by his publicist.

The star was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in February,

The entertainer had several Doncaster connections - and bizarrely owned the centre circle of Doncaster Rovers' old Belle Vue stadium.

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The conjuror was reputed to keep an eye out for Rovers scores and “bought” part of the pitch at the club''s former Belle Vue ground as a publicity stunt when the club were in dire financial straits and his agent Bill Turner was on the club’s board.

It is also understood that he owned both the penalty spots at the stadium which hosted its last ever game in 2006.

He also kept his stage props, magic tricks and equipment at a base at Westwoodside in the Isle of Axholme. where he also has family connections.

Daniels was born Newton Edward Daniels in Middlesbrough and developed his magic skills in working men's clubs, making his TV debut on talent series Opportunity Knocks.

Daniels was known for a string of catchphrases, including the line: "You'll like this... not a lot, but you'll like it."

He had recently returned from hospital to his Berkshire home in March, following his diagnosis.

He leaves wife Debbie McGee, who had been his on-stage assistant, and his three sons from a previous marriage.